(Customer service announcement – I’m still not a food blogger. Anyway.)
Guys, I invented A THING. At least I think I invented a thing. I’m not sure, I haven’t googled this… so we’ll go with I invented a thing.
I LOVE this time of year. AUTUMN IS THE BESSST. (Side note: It’s sad that fall only gets two months in Michigan. It’s perfect here in fall and anything beats the endless misery of winter.)
Part of my quintessential autumn activities is going to the cider mill. I don’t know if this is a thing for all regions, but in the Midwest, you drive out of town for about an hour, heading for your favorite mill (you WILL have a family favorite). Once you have arrived, you will stretch your legs and saunter into a long line of folks waiting for the same thing you are…
Cold apple cider and hot donuts.
It’s like peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. Breakups and a half gallon of ice cream. THE TWO GREAT TASTES THAT TASTE GREAT TOGETHER.
Today was the day I made my pilgrimage. I ended up with a sack of donuts and a half gallon of cider. I couldn’t help but sneak a fresh donut in my car. The donuts are usually of the cake variety and cinnamony and/or sugary in some way. Some places toss the hot donuts in cinnamon sugar. Some places offer many choices of different powered options. Today I ventured to a place that had the cinnamon in the batter, which blew my mind. I fully expected to have fingertips covered in sugar. But this was better.
This was better because I had plans.
I wanted to do something with these donuts. Something exciting.
Cider Mill Donut Grilled Cheese Bites. I KNOW, RIGHT?!
The idea is that maybe you’ll have people over for tea or a party or something and you want to mix it up with a new appetizer. We’ve all had it with candy corn and marshmallows decorated like mummies. This? This will be a hit. And you can’t get more fall than apples and cider mill donuts.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Cider Mill Donut Grilled Cheese Bites
- One small/medium apple
- A dozen cider mill cake donuts (cooled)
- Cheddar cheese (I like sharp)
- An apple corer/peeler certainly makes life easier
- As does some kind of sandwich grilling device
Make the thing:
- Slice up your apple. You don’t want the slices too thick, about ⅛” is perfect.
- Cut up your cheddar into slices. I suppose you could go with shredded, but it might be a little messier.
- Cut your donuts in half. Usually a bread knife does a good job of not smooshing the donuts.
- Arrange the slices of apple and cheese inside your donut.
- Use your pan or sandwich press and cook those guys up! You don’t need to lubricate your pan, probably, because the donuts were fried in oil. That oil is in them, so it’ll be your lubrication for your cooking surface as the donuts heat up.
- Eat the thing!
As of this moment I am very full of donuts and apples and cheese. And I am happy, friends. I am happy.